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Top 10 things to do in Edinburgh

August is here and so is the festival season in Edinburgh. Where London is buzzing with people all year around, Edinburgh definitely hits its peak visitor numbers in August, with hostel prices (and prices of everything, really) hitting their high during this month. But who can blame them because there is just so much going on all over the city. So if you are heading to Edinburgh this August, be sure to see some of these top 10 things before going on the festival circuit. But be assured, even if you can’t go in August, Edinburgh is always well worth a...

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Top 10 things to do in Ireland

When you think of Ireland, the things that come to mind are Guinness, sheep, green hills and Irish dancing. But the small island certainly has a lot more to offer than just Guinness and sheep. Let me show you 10 places and experiences that have made it onto my list of the must dos on a visit to Ireland. I had heard so much about Dublin and Ireland that I decided I had to finally see it for myself. So over a long weekend two weeks ago, I finally headed over to the green isle and I squished as many experiences...

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The 5 best ways to explore the Abel Tasman National Park

New Zealand is all about nature and the things you see while exploring on one of the many DOC trails and hikes. And that is especially true for the Abel Tasman National Park. The Abel Tasman is located on the top of the South Island and the region is blessed with the most sunshine hours in New Zealand. There are many great ways to explore the Abel Tasman but I think five really stick out and will, separately or combined, guarantee you the best experience. 1.Kayaking The Abel Tasman is shaped by the sea and no visit to the park would...

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Getting around New Zealand

New Zealand looks like a small country on a map, especially next to Australia. But once you’re in the country, it’s actually quite big. So I want to share with you the best and cheapest ways to get around the country. By bus New Zealand has a very well developed bus network that connects all major cities but also stops at small places along the way. If you are going to rely mainly on busses to get around the country, then I definitely recommend getting a bus pass. Inter-City offers the FlexiPass and the TravelPass are valid for 12 months...

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Let’s talk about 2016

It’s that time of year again: Christmas is over, 2016 is about to begin and everyone thinks about the year behind us and about what lies ahead. So naturally, I’m going to do the same. Mainly, because for the first time ever, I am actually coming up with some sort of new year’s resolutions. 2015 or what’s been The past year has been pretty much about trying to find my way. For the first 7 months, I was trying to find a job which I would not only enjoy but that would also pay my bills. I am now...

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Travel Regrets

I don’t know if you have heard of Travel Talks on Twitter. But each Tuesday, travel bloggers and those who love to travel take over Twitter under the Hashtag #TTOT. Each week, we discuss a topic to do with travel and last week, the topic was travel regrets. And surprisingly, or rather unsurprisingly, a lot of people had similar regrets. Namely, a regret over foods not tried, places not gone to and about not having traveled long enough. One regret I didn’t get, however, was about having gone to a world-renown landmark and that place not living up to...

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Throwback Thursday: A tour through the Houses of Parliament

Due to popular demand: the Big Ben Selfie! Taken after my own personal tour through the Houses of Parliament A photo posted by Ulrike (@travelreadexplore) on Jul 22, 2015 at 12:22pm PDT There hasn’t been a Throwback Thursday in a while but I have the week off my rent-paying job and so I’ve been up to my ears in writing blogposts (read: yay!!). This photo was taken at the end of July after a long festival weekend in London. I had met up with a friend who works at the Houses of Parliament and he gave me my own personal tour through the building. I had seen it so often on TV but seeing it in real life and without the obligatory history lesson was quite something. My friend still gave me a bit of a history lesson but with a Scottish twist to...

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10 surf movies you should definitely watch

Sometimes, when you’re stuck at home and can’t travel, all you want to do is escape to a place far away that is preferably very warm. So let me introduce you to my personal list of the 10 surf movies you should definitely watch.* *I started this list in August after attending the Berlin Surf Film Festival, so this post has been a long time coming. But it’s December, so if you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere, you probably desperately need a break from winter. So essentially, perfect timing. 😉 1. The old, the Young and the Sea (Spain,...

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Throwback Thursday: Summer in New Zealand

Three months from today, I’ll be boarding a flight to New Zealand to spend two summery weeks at the other end of the world. If you follow me on Instagram, if not, you can do so here, you will already know about this. You’ll also know, that this January trip falls 10 years after my last birthday in New Zealand. I’m so excited! Birthdays aren’t something that excite me too much but if you’re used to the weather on your birthday usually being cold, rainy and depressing, getting to spend in summer and, hopefully, in the sun and at...

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Throwback Thursday: On a hunt for Nessie

As you’ve read last week, I went to Scotland at the beginning of September. And like a good tourist, I went to Loch Ness and had a look for the most famous of Scottish monsters.  I went there on a big Highlands tour (this one, if you’re wondering) and Loch Ness was the first stop. The weather was about as Scottish as it gets, with fog and light rain. I didn’t actually go on a big cruise but instead scrambled along the rocky shore to get good pictures of the heather the flowers and Loch in the background. But...

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